No matter the theatrics put on by Reggie Bush routinely, after witnessing the Rose Bowl, it was obvious Vince Young was the best player in college football. It was impossible not to come away impressed with Young after his decimation of the USC defense.

However, none of that matters as Saturday’s NFL draft creeps up. What matters on draft day is talent and the translation of that ability to an NFL field. That also means Bush’s house snafu also doesn’t calculate in Houston’s decision of who is No. 1.

Despite being Young’s hometown, there was no way Houston could draft the ultra-talented quarterback. The Texans already possess one young signal-caller in David Carr who has struggled behind a porous offensive line. The last thing the team needed was yet another supposed savior in a bad situation.

It also hasn’t helped Young that the player he most compares to — Michael Vick — has yet to come close to the expectations. In fact, Vick has been very ordinary and has recently claimed that he will go back to playing his style of football, which means Falcons’ receivers will spend the season watching No. 7 run around. Young has also been surrounded by questions regarding his unusual throwing motion and his less than stellar performance on the Wonderlic test at the NFL draft combine. As dominating as his Rose Bowl performance, his disputed six on the Wonderlic was just as abysmal.

Instead, it has been obvious that Bush is what Houston needs. While Dominick Davis is a reliable running back, there is no such thing as having too many weapons. At 5-foot-10 and 201 pounds, Bush may not be an every down back who can excel running between the tackles anyway.

But Bush’s talent can allow the Texans to line him up in the backfield or at receiver to find a mismatch.

He also is the most thrilling return man in the draft, giving Houston a huge boost in field advantage.

Bush’s presence will also alleviate the pressure on Carr, the team’s original franchise player and will save the team that pick in the process.

Some scouts have labeled the Heisman Trophy winner as the best player they’ve seen. That should also block any idea the Texans may have of going in another direction, such as selecting North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams.

Houston has narrowed its choice down to Bush and Williams and no matter how good Williams is, a back like Bush only comes around once a generation.

Williams is an imposing 6-7, 295 pound presence. He has also improved steadily at N.C. State, racking up 14.5 sacks this past season.

But, Williams is not a franchise-changing player. Bush is.

That is why the Texans have to draft Bush even if they don’t have him signed, sealed and delivered prior to the draft — which seems to be an issue for Houston owner Bob McNair.

Otherwise, they will be regretting their decision every time Bush cuts, dashes and swivels himself into the end zone and into greatness.

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